Mahintana connects with Mongolian NGO for OGP Commitments Peer Learning Dialogue

Open Government Partnership (OGP) Partnerships & Events Consultant for Asia Pacific Ms. Ivy Ong facilitated the meeting of its OGP Partners, the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Democracy Education Center (DEMO), for a peer learning experience regarding their OGP commitments. The two parties agreed to communicate through teleconference call on March 18, 2019, 8:00 AM. Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, RESOURCEGov Project Manager and Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker attended the teleconference call with DEMO Director Ms. Undral Gombodorj.

DEMO is a Mongolian NGO that launched the mobile app community-based monitoring tool called Check My Service. This initiative was selected by the OGP as one of the best Asia Pacific regional innovations in 2014 and 2016, and received an OGP Global Award in 2016. To date, Check My Services app has already monitored 101 government services of Mongolia. Mahintana, on the other hand, introduced the OGP Commitments such as Open Monitoring using the ODK and Open Legislation using the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS). As to date, the ODK-based project monitoring forms has already finished its dry run stage. Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC) has deemed the ODK system easy-to-use and time-saving in data collection and consolidation. The next step is for the ODK-result map to be linked to the provincial government’s website for public to access and provide feedbacks. For the LITS, the 1st phase, which is archiving of the legislative documents of the province, is already done. The 2nd phase is to make the LITS accessible online, and the 3rd phase is to provide a comment section where the citizens can leave their comments and suggestions.

Mahintana and ANSA-EAP conduct Peer Learning Dialogue on OGP Commitments

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Open Government Partnership (OGP) Partnerships & Events Consultant for Asia Pacific Ms. Ivy Ong facilitated the meeting of its OGP Partners, the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP), for a peer learning experience regarding their OGP commitments. The two parties agreed to communicate through teleconference call on February 18, 2019, 10:30AM.

Mahintana Operations Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc attended the teleconference call with ANSA-EAP Executive Director Mr. Redempto “Don” Parafina. Each party introduced their respective organizations and the programs and projects implemented by their organizations. ANSA-EAP, according to Mr. Don, works with projects about the governance particularly in citizen’s participation through technology. Mr. Blanker shared the programs of Mahintana focusing on the RESOURCEGov Project under the Institution-building & Governance Program. He said that Mahintana supports the OGP South Cotabato in Open Monitoring and Open Legislation using the Open Data Kit (ODK) and Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS).  On the other hand, Mr. Parafina shared the CheckMySchool app, an issue-based app that can be used as a reporting tool regarding issues and concerns of schools in the Philippines. Issues such as deficiencies in schools/classrooms to be fixed, frequent absences of teachers, etc. can be reported through the app. After the discussion, the parties agreed to coordinate for the updates in the OGP commitments to be met by each organization.

AKRHO-Polomolok Celebrates 5th Foundation through Tree Growing

In celebration with their 5th Foundation Chapter Anniversary, the AKRHO–Polomolok Council conducted a tree growing activity in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Riverside, Prk. Malinawon, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok, on January 6, 2019. A total of 500 bamboo hills were planted at the mentioned site. Eight AKRHO – Polomolok Council members participated the activity. The AKRHO agreed to monitor their adopted area periodically and report to MFI the status of the plants.

 

Mahintana Staff undergoes Fire Drill

November 12, 2018 – Mahintana staff underwent Fire Drill exercises after the monthly staff meeting. This activity aims to educate and train the staff about fire prevention and suppression. Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Polomolok Fire Station (PFS) Plans and Training Chief FO2 Rechie Guilaran and SFO1 Ruben D. Salvan. A short orientation on Workers’ Information on Safety and hazard and Fire Safety Program in the workplace was conducted.

For a practical drill, the fire officers set up a fire outside the building to simulate a situation where a fire extinguisher can be used. Each participant was given a certificate of participation after.

Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Self Appreciation Day 2018 #StandUpForYourself #InspireOthers

In celebration of the 41st founding anniversary of Mahintana Foundation Inc., its Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) organized the Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Self Appreciation Day #StandUpForYourself #InspireOthers with the theme “Be Empowered: Build Your Future, Pursue Your Dreams” on August 23, 2018 at Municipal Gymnasium, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The event was made possible with the support of Local Government Unit (LGU) of Polomolok, through the Municipal Health Office (MHO), and Dole Philippines, Inc. through Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI).  This is also in partnership with the Provincial Health Office, Department of Education, Health Education Promotion Officers (HEPOs) of the partner cooperatives, PNP-Polomolok, Civil Security Unit and was participated by at least 6,000 high school students from 10 public and 6 private schools in Polomolok.

The activity composed of the contest such as: Modern Dance, Spoken Poetry, Slogan Making, Team Quiz Bee and the most-awaited Battle of the Bands. Messages were heard from Municipal Health Officer (MHO) Dr. Edwin D. Dipus, MFI Board of Trustees on Health Dr. Eva B. Hormigos, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Rogelio B. Aturdido, Dole Philippines, Inc. Supervisor for Community Relations Department (CRD) Mr. Karlo D. Hora, and Municipal Mayor Hon. Honey Lumayag-Matti. To further inspire the students to strive for their dreams and aspirations, Rev. Orlando Macaspac shared his life story of how drugs and vices destroyed his life and how he stood up from it all by the help of the Lord. While waiting for the results of the tabulation of scores, President and CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot gave the closing message thanking the participants and the support of the stakeholders.

Below is the list of the winners.

Team Quiz Bee 

1st place – Upper Klinan National High School

2nd place – Landan National High School

3rd place – Polomolok National High School

Modern Dance Competition

1st place – Poblacion Polomolok National High School

2nd place – Palkan National High School 

3rd place – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz of Polomolok Inc.

4th place – Dole Philippines School

5th place – Polomolok National High School

Slogan Making Competition

1st place – Polomolok National High School

2nd place – Silway-8 National High School

3rd place – Landan National High School

4th place – Poblacion Polomolok National High School

5th place – Notre Dame Siena College of Polomolok

Spoken Poetry Competition 

1st place – Palkan National High School

2nd place – Notre Dame Siena College of Polomolok

3rd place – Upper Klinan National High School

4th place – Bentung Sulit National High School

5th place – Poblacion Polomolok National High School

Song Composition and Battle of the Bands

1st place – Polomolok National High School

2nd place – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz of Polomolok Inc.

3rd place – Poblacion Polomolok National High School

4th place – Landan National High School

5th place – Christian School of Polomolok

PTFK conducts Learning Package on Parent Education

Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan-Adolescent Reproductive Health Program in partnership with Dole Philippines and Local Government Unit through Mahintana Foundation, Inc. conducted Training of Trainers on Learning Package on Parent Education on Adolescent Health and Development to the ARH Advocates and Principals of the 10 partner public secondary high school on May 21-22, 2018 at CCT-Retreat and Training Center, Sitio Lao, Brgy. Nagpan, Malungon, Sarangani Province.

The two-day ToT was graced by the President and CEO of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot and three (3) resource speakers from the Provincial Population Commission namely, Ms. Melanie Chiva, Ms. Vanessa Pamplona and Ms. Crispy Arves. At the end of the training, the ARH Coordinators and Advocates submitted activity plan schedules of each school of the roll-out of the same training.

The ToT’s objectives are the following: to undertake parents’ education program on adolescent responsible sexuality; to provide age-appropriate, values laden and rights based (right to protection, development and participation) information, education and counseling services (at home, in-school, out-of-school, workplaces and other settings; to conduct training for youth on life skills and fertility awareness; to capacitate programs implementers and advocates as program partners; to equip the parents and educate them with the necessary knowledge on sexuality and other health related concerns of adolescents and skills on communicating such concerns to their children; and to highlight the role of parents as primary source of accurate and sound information on adolescent health and development including ASRH.

Mahintana Foundation Participates in 51st Asian Development Bank Annual Celebration

 Mahintana Foundation President and CEO, Martiniano L. Magdolot joined other Civil Society Organizations during the Asian Development Bank 51st Annual in Manila last May 2 to 4, 2018. Mr. Magdolot, being a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Peace & Equity Foundation (PEF), gave a talk on PEF’s social enterprise experience in addressing Philippine poverty in the forum for civil society organisations.

During the activity, Mr. Magdolot also joined the orientation meeting of South Cotabato Governor Daisy A. Fuentes and Ms. Jennifer C. Bretaña, Provincial Planning Coordinator with Ms. Brittany Lane, the Program Manager of Open Government Program (OGP) International. The South Cotabato was recently accepted into the Open Government Program, the only province in the country accepted into the international program this year.

 

Ceremonial Painting of Donated Classroom conducted at Landan Elementary School

 As the rain poured, the support of the Partner Donors and Cooperatives poured to the on-going construction of the building. The LEAD Trio Presidents and officers (LEAD Salaried, LEAD.PH and LEAD-Calumpang) together with DCO MPC, Polo SN MPC, FARB MPC, and UEWMPC were present to the bayanihan painting of the wall of the building on May 2, 2018 at Landan Elementary School. Furthermore, Barangay Captain Jerry Ante gave his thankful message for the continuous help to Landan Elementary School and Barangay Landan. This ceremonial activity was done to show the support of the partners to the school. The building will be turn-over to the school on the opening of classes this June 2018.

Mahintana Scholar Gives Back to the Foundation

Ms. Jenny Rose S. Tonio, one of the beneficiaries of the scholarship of Palo Para sa Bantay Gubat at Kalikasan, gave a Plaque of Appreciation to Mahintana Foundation, Inc. during its 3rd staff meeting on April 13, 2018. She is the daughter of Mr. Cawe M. Tonio, a Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Enforcer (MENRE)/ Bantay Gubat of Mt. Matutum and Mrs. Mercy S. Tonio, residents of Prk. 3 Kalyong, Brgy. Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

 

She and her whole family came to give the plaque and gave their heartfelt messages of gratitude to the organization. Ms. Tonio said that the scholarship was an instrument for her to reach her dreams in life. She personally thanked Mr. Magdolot and Ms. Hora for the support and trust they had given her.

The scholar graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Marketing Management from Holy Trinity College of General Santos City on March 28, 2018. She also rendered her on-the-job training in the Mahintana.